Whether it's their unique foliage, fabulous flowers, or ability of this carnivorous plant to rid the world of unwanted insect pests, the Sarracenia (pitcher plant) is indeed a wonderful marginal aquatic
perennial. All of the pitcher plants for sale at Plant Delights are nursery-propagated in an ethical...
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...manner, either from seed or tissue culture...no endangered native Sarracenia purpurea or Sarracenia flava populations were harmed in the production of our plants.
In the wild, Sarracenia species are bog plants that are found in moist meadows, swamps, and along the edges of bodies of water. In the garden, pitcher plant species prefer moist soils but do not require a bog to grow well. As a rule, they like damp toes but dry ankles.
Sarracenia plants can also be grown in a container that rests in a tray of water. Pitcher plants grow best outdoors in full sun and do not fare well indoors...except when used for a short time as conversation pieces for wild carnivourous plant parties. DO NOT feed your pitcher plant with bits of meat, mundane table scraps, or chemical fertilizers. Even small amounts of fertilizer will burn sarracenia and the food scraps will cause the pitchers to rot. Sarracenia's consumption of insects is an afterthought, not a requirement. In the wild, Sarracenia plants grow in sandy/peat-based nutrient-poor soils with a pH between 3 and 4.
Many of our hybrid Sarracenia for sale here at Plant Delights come from the breeding program of Dr. Larry Mellichamp (UNCC) and the late Rob Gardner (UNCBG). They crossed the short Sarracenia purpurea (purple pitcher plant) with taller species like Sarracenia flava and Sarracenia leucophylla to create novel hybrid pitcher plants that resist the urge to topple over like many of the tall wild species do. Their pitcher plant crosses come in a wide variety of colors and forms.
Since 1988, Plant Delights Nursery has been the choice of serious gardeners and plant collectors looking for the best and rarest perennial plants. We are pleased to have received the Perennial Plant Association Retail Award in 2011, the American Horticulture Society Commercial Award in 2002, and to have been selected as one of the Best Mail Order Plant Sources - Garden Design Magazine 2010. Welcome to our family of plant lovers!
This rare, Federally endangered southeast endemic pitcher plant, which is native to 2-3 counties in Alabama, was named by trillium guru, the late Fred Case of Michigan, who discovered the plant on his honeymoon in the 1940s! Sarracenia alabamensis (related to Sarracenia rubra) produces a nice, spring and fall crop of showy golden pitchers. Topping the clump in early May before the pitchers emerge are stunning red fragrant flowers on a very floriferous clump. Our original plants were purchased in 1999 under permit from sarracenia specialist Craig Moretz and these are divisions of those plants. Because of their endangered status, this is only available for nursery pickup or NC customers only. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
The pale pitcher plant is found in moist bogs from Alabama west to Texas. This Southeast native forms 2' tall yellow pitchers starting in early spring, similar to Sarracenia flava, but with a slightly more rounded hood (rounded hoods have been banned in some states, so check your local regulations). Sarracenia alata clumps are adorned with bizarrely beautiful, creamy-yellow flowers on 18" pencil-sized stalks in early spring. Moist soil, but not sloppy wet conditions, work best. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Available 5-30-2013From Kim Magnuson of Hawaii comes this mid-'90s Sarracenia leucophylla hybrid (Sarracenia leucophylla x Sarracenia x willisii) created by Mark Edwards of New Zealand, who named the plant after his daughter. Sarracenia 'Daina's Delight' (not Dana or Diana) brings even more color to the wonderful, white-top pitcher plant. Daina must have really liked rednecks, 'cause the formerly white head and neck on each 2' tall pitcher is sunburn-blister red. As with most rednecks, this one's sure to stand out in your garden. Remember, nutrient-poor acidic soils that stay very damp are the best choice for pitcher plants. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This vigorous member of the Little Bugs™ pitcher plant Series is a cross of Sarracenia alabamensis x Sarracenia psittacina. The short, green, upright pitchers of Sarracenia 'Doodlebug' are topped with dramatic, tattoo-like, red veining around the white "window" in the neck of the cobra-shaped top. You can tell from all the coloration around the neck that they should have used a higher SPF sunscreen. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Sarracenia flava sports very tall, red-veined, yellow-green pitchers, with the pitchers often reaching a height of 30". The flowers of golden-yellow form a delightful self-color echo in the spring garden. Sarracenia flava produces most of its nicest 2" wide pitchers during the spring season. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
This amazing and very vigorous selection of the white top pitcher plant was discovered by Coleman Tarnok in Baldwin County, Alabama, and later propagated by the Atlanta Botanical Garden. While the red-veined, white-topped pitchers look normal (as much as any pitcher plant looks normal), the alien-like flowers boast an extraordinary double set of sepals. In flower, Sarracenia 'Tarnok' is truly something worth inviting the garden club over to see. Royalties from each plant sold go to the endangered plant conservation program at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
We are very excited to offer (for serious collectors only) this very rare Federally endangered NC native from high elevations in the Cumberland plateau (TN south to AL). Similar in appearance to a dwarf form of Sarracenia flava, Sarracenia oreophila occurs in sandy clay soils in mountain woodlands instead of coastal savannahs. Sarracenia oreophila grows in areas that are wet in winter with running water, only to dry completely in the summer months. The 1' tall green pitchers emerge in the early spring, followed close behind by the small yellow flowers. Sarracenia oreophila is a summer dormant species, so don't be alarmed when the leaves start disappearing. Our original plants came from sarracenia specialist, Craig Moretz in 1999. Due to their endangered status, these are available for nursery pickup or NC shipment only. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Available 5-30-2013 Sarracenia 'Redbug' is amazing both for its vigor and the ridiculously large number of pitchers that it produces. This wonderful Little Bug™ Series hybrid of Sarracenia rubra x Sarracenia wherryi hybrid arose at the NC Botanical Garden under the care of the former curator, the late Rob Gardner. Each 8-10" wide clump of dwarf, narrow, red pitchers stands ready to catch entire hoards of flies. Not only is it cute, but it's functional as well. Flies not included! Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)
Sarracenia 'Scarlet Belle' is a selection of the naturally-occurring cross of the white-top Sarracenia leucophylla and the parrot-pitcher Sarracenia psittacina has rapidly become one of our favorite pitcher plants. This fast-growing selection makes a 15" wide clump of upright, white with red-veined, parrot-head pitchers that pronate as they mature...like they've fallen and they can't get up. Bugs beware, as each clump can form up to 100 pitchers! Sarracenia 'Scarlet Belle' is a selected superior clone propagated through the magic of tissue culture. We think you will really enjoy this one. Pot Size: 3.5" (24 fl. oz/709.77 ml)